The drilling hotbed of Washington County saw a 4.3 percent increase in employment, between March 2010 and March 2011. That’s the third-highest spike in the country, according to data released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.Butler County follows close behind, with a 4.2 percent increase. That’s good for sixth, nationally.
The insinuation is that this impressive job growth thanks to drilling for shale gas. That may be the case. Someone else might be interested in digging deeper into the BLS data.
I don't care about the "why" of the job growth. Both Washington and Butler Counties are part of the Pittsburgh MSA. Just the other day, Chris Briem (Null Space again) pointed out the region was back at peak labor force. Pittsburgh is more than doing relatively well compared to the rest of the country. The metro is making economic history.